There’s never been a better time to be a Newmarket resident. With the completion of our renaissance renovations of the Old Town Hall and the reopening last week, the Town of Newmarket celebrates another milestone in our Cultural Master Plan.

As part of the transformation and renewal of Newmarket, this landmark also plays a key role in the revitalization of Newmarket’s downtown core and will be a gathering place for arts, culture and community and customer service!

A Splash of Culture

On September 17, in celebration of the grand opening of Newmarket’s Old Town Hall, Newmarket delivered A Splash of Culture to showcase the kind of unique cultural experiences you can expect in the new, Old Town Hall. If you were one of the lucky ones, you witnessed an awe-inspiring performance by classical pianist Sarah Hagen, along with Opera Luminata – a spectacular mix of opera, musical theatre, pyrotechnics, lighting and atmospheric effects, literally performed in the water at Riverwalk Commons.

From local art to world-class concert performances, the Old Town Hall will become a place that inspires imagination, cultivates creativity and allows the community to experience art and culture like never before.

We express a huge thank you to the federal and provincial governments for the $3.4 million in funding received through the Build Canada Fund to complete this project. The Town of Newmarket was granted about one third of the total project costs and an additional $80,000 to equip the space with the latest in audio-visual technology from the Department of Canadian Heritage. We are very grateful for the half-a-million dollars received from local sponsors to ensure we had a strong foundation. We are pleased and excited to make this integral piece of Newmarket’s history shine and flourish again.

I encourage you to check out all of the features offered at the Old Town Hall including:

  • More than 8,000 feet of programmable space. A stunning space to hold a wedding, family celebration or business function, with a full galley kitchen. Occupancy in the theatre for 266 people, with moveable seating plus an additional 92 on the stage area
  • Occupancy for the main floor, perfect for galleries, special events with 226-person and moveable seating
  • A customer service satellite office will be opened soon with extended hours for Town inquiries, registrations and transactions

 

There’s much to be thankful for during this season and I urge you and your family to get out and experience all that Newmarket has to offer. Book your next function and impress your guests at the new Old Town Hall. Make sure you join in the ultimate hockey fan experience as Rogers Hometown Hockey kicks off its tour right here in Newmarket starting at noon on Saturday, October 15 and will feature family-friendly programming and activities all weekend long. Take in Mother Nature’s spectacular show of colours along our trail system. There’s truly never been a better time to be a Newmarket resident.

And of course, I encourage Ward 5 residents to get out and vote in the by-election on October 17!